Holly Springs Miss Jany 1 1863,
MAJ GENL J. B MCPHERSON
I have just heard most. reliably from all south of us. There is but about. 8.000 Troops at Grenada Vandorn is about Coffeeville with the Cavalry Very few troops at Jackson all have gone to Vicksburg Kirby Smiths forces have gone and are on the road 1 Banks has superseded Butler I wish you could come here to morrow, I will not be able to go down
U. S. GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. O.R., I, xvii, part 2, 519. On Jan. 1, 1863, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson telegraphed to USG. "Cavalry scouts just in and confirm report that Van Dorn is this side of Coffeeville with part of his cavalry force. I will come up to-morrow, leaving here at 7 o'clock." Ibid.